What is The Difference Between Farmed and Wild Oysters?
by: Amanda Bochain
Anyone who has eaten an oyster or even just looked at an oyster menu knows that there are farmed oysters and then there are wild oysters. Oysters are often labeled as being farmed or wild as if it is of great significance…so is it? What is the difference between an oyster which was farmed versus a wild oyster?
Wild oysters are harvested by diggers or shell fishermen who find the oyster beds along the coastline. In the wild, only about one in a million oyster eggs make it to adulthood which can make them very rare. Oysters that are able to thrive in uncultivated environments have to reach and strain in order to get algae and nutrients from the ocean floor and, because of this, some experts say they do not taste as flavorful as farmed oysters.
Farmed oysters in general are more sustainable than wild oysters and the practice of farming oysters is very environmentally friendly. About 95% of oysters that we eat are farm raised and boy do they taste delicious! Thanks oyster farmers!